That is, whether the Masoretic text which forms the basis of most modern English translations of the Old Testament, or other translations such as the Septuagint, Syriac Peshitta, and Samaritan Pentateuch are more accurate.
presenting as difficulties the different numbers and names for the same feature and different sequences for what is supposed to be the same event.
They concluded, "Thus in nearly two-thirds of the New Testament text, the seven editions of the Greek New Testament which we have reviewed are in complete accord, with no differences other than in orthographical details (e.g., the spelling of names, etc.).
Criticism of Christianity has a long history stretching back to the initial formation of the religion during the Roman Empire.
Critics have attacked Christian beliefs and teachings as well as Christian actions, from the Crusades to modern terrorism.
The opposing view is that there is too much corruption, or translation too difficult, to agree with modern texts.
Hundreds of years before the time of Jesus, Jewish prophets promised that a messiah would come.
The formal response of Christians to such criticisms is described as Christian apologetics.